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Dr. Chip
Dr. Chip, Board Certified Physician
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Experience:  20 yrs. in practice, includinge surgery, general medicine, addiction medicine and pain.
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Good morning Dr, I'm still not well. I keep having diarrhea.

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Good morning Dr, I'm still not well. I keep having diarrhea. It's been a week now. Yesterday I didn't go to the toilet but today I've been 3 times already. 1st time it was thin stools and the other 2 diarrhea. I'm worried this could be something more serious? Thanks
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 3 years ago.
Hi. Your age and gender please? Any abdominal pain or fever? Any nausea or vomiting?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Hi, it all started a week ago. I was prescribed Co-Amoxiclav 500/125, 3 times a day by a nurse for a urine infection that ultimately I didn't have. 4 days into the treatment and I had a tablet followed by a pizza. That night I had bad intestine pain only. Following morning I had a coffee followed by another co-amoxiclav tablet and I had bad diarrhea a few times with Bas bloating. I stopped taking the tablets following the nurse advice. Monday I was ok but Tuesday morning, out of the blue I had an episode of diarrhea and like this the rest of the week. I've had thinner stools everyday until yesterday that I didn't pass any stools all day and this morning diarrhea
4 times, the last time it being mucus. Now I feel like I still haven't empire my bowels. I'm on my period and I'm 36yrs old.
Conditions: IBS, Gilbert Syndrome, hernia hiatus.
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 3 years ago.
OK. We can certainly continue after this if you'd like. While diarrhea can be a side effect of the antibiotic you took, at this point since the diarrhea has continued even after you've stopped the antibiotic it isn't likely just a side effect. One possibility would be a C diff infectious colitis but it could also be E coli or salmonella. Any diarrhea that lasts this long requires a stool culture to detect a bacterial enteritis and an appropriate antibiotic for that is needed. For now you can try the BRAT diet--bananas, rice, applesauce and toast--an a lactobacillus probiotic to help with the diarrhea.